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15 most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings in 2013

Posted by Liora Ipsum / December 31, 2012

Toronto Restaurant Openings 2013It was a banner year for new restaurant openings in Toronto and already it seems as if 2013 will keep up the frenetic pace. These soon-to-open establishments are just a sample of what we can look forward to in the new year ahead.

The new Italian restaurant from chef Basilio Pesce (Biff's Bistro). Located at 1314 Queen Street West, the new Parkdale eatery will offer seasonal menus making use of ethically raised and local ingredients.

Crown Cooks
Already garnering lots of buzz because the new restaurant is from the ever popular Chef Grant van Gameren (Enoteca Sociale, The Black Hoof) and is slated to open this January at 797 College Street in the space formerly home to Grappa Ristorante.

Nu B├╝gel
At 240 Augusta Avenue, this is the one restaurant I'm personally most excited for. After months of delays, the new retail shop/cafe looks almost ready to start serving up steaming hot Montreal bagels in Kensington Market.

The continued expansion of dining options at YYZ.
Terminals 1 and 3 will see an influx of new eateries like Trillium, a global tapas restaurant and bar from chef Claudio Aprile (Origin), Corso, a rustic Italian concept from Chef Rocco Agostino (Pizzeria Libretto) and Acer, a Japanese restaurant from chef Guy Rubino (Strada 241).

Osteria dei Ganzi
This place will operate as a restaurant and event venue when it opens its doors in the enormous historic mansion it occupies at 504 Jarvis Street. The restaurant's website promises a unique European atmosphere and authentic Italian cuisine.

Banh Mi Boys's second location
This popular sandwich shop has already made its mark on Queen West but now it's set to open a much anticipated second location as early as this January at 399 Yonge Street (at Gerrard).

Ryoji Ramen and Izakaya
Here's hoping Toronto maintains its appetite for casual Japanese eateries that have popped-up all across the city this past year. This chain from Okinawa, Japan is set to open its first Toronto location in mid-January at 692 College Street in Little Italy.

Tabule in Riverside
Popular Middle Eastern restaurant Tabule is opening a second location some time this February in Riverside at 810 Queen Street East. Finally, something that's not an Irish pub or Italian restaurant opening in the 'hood.

The Cactus Club
This casual west coast chain will open its first Ontario location some time this year. Executive Chef Rob Feenie will bring his globally inspired menu sourced from fresh, local ingredients to 100 King Street West in the Financial District.

Bricco Kitchen and Wine Bar
This restaurant is but a license application in the window of 3047 Dundas Street West, but will be a welcome addition to the ongoing revival of the Junction's nightlife.

Duffy's Diner
The venerable Duffy's Tavern at 1238 Bloor St. West just got a major update courtesy of Restaurant Takeover and as part of the overhaul they've now added a diner in the space immediately adjacent on the east side. Signage is already up and furniture is half installed so an opening date looks likely for sometime in January.

Locals can't wait for the opening of this new spot at 1588 Dundas West that promised to serve up coffee, wine and pasta. They're currently working out the final kinks and according to their Instagram they should be opening sometime in January.

The Guild Restaurant
Just down the street at 1442 Dundas St West, The Guild Restaurant has been under construction forever with the owner posting updates frequently on Facebook. Or, at least he was posting updates under the former name, NoNo's, which was plastered on the window for most of this past year. Here's hoping owner/chef Mani Binelli can get this thing open soon.

Samuel J Moore
There were once rumblings of a new restaurant from Cowbell's Mark Cutrara, but we're still watching to see if the Samuel J. Moore inside The Great Hall materializes. Former Brockton General head chef Alexandra Feswick may or may not still be involved.

Red Rocket Cafe
I know this isn't a restaurant but I couldn't resist....I'm told the lease isn't yet finalized but there's a strong possibility that Red Rocket Cafe will be returning to Leslieville and opening this spring across the street from its former location (now Rakia Bar) and beside the Russell streetcar yard.

What restaurant opening are you most looking forward to in 2013? Share the love in the comment thread below.



mar / December 31, 2012 at 10:17 am
Love tabule! pretty excited to learn they are opening a location in my hood
zing / December 31, 2012 at 10:29 am
We do not need to be excited about a Cactus Club opening. It's like being excited about a Milestone's or Earl's.
Simon replying to a comment from zing / December 31, 2012 at 10:44 am
Amen to that. Last thing the city needs is another restaurant that uses a decent environment to distract you from the fact that their food is bland and overpriced. Cactus Club should stay in the west coast.
Nic / December 31, 2012 at 11:05 am
So thrilled to hear of a new Tabule opening!!!
Joe / December 31, 2012 at 11:27 am
Do most people in the GTA really wait with baited breath over the opening of any the airport?

For me I am waiting anxiously for Queen Magherita Pizza to open their west end location at Jane and Annette.
Christopher / December 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm
What About Jazz Bistro? New life to the Jazz scene!
jameson / December 31, 2012 at 01:18 pm
Cactus club, ughhhhhhh
Sammiegirl / December 31, 2012 at 04:12 pm
what about Melt grilled cheese @ John & richmond
amy / December 31, 2012 at 08:35 pm
I'm pretty excited about Fresh opening up on Eglinton!
mjb / January 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm
We don't need the Cactus Club - the Financial District is already a culinary wasteland with chains everywhere.
MLJ replying to a comment from Joe / January 1, 2013 at 01:55 pm
Joe, disagree on the first part of your statement, anything remotely good to eat at the airport is a good thing as far as I'm concerned.
Wholeheartedly agree with the second part of your post however, eagerly awaiting the opening of QMP.
Alek / January 1, 2013 at 02:49 pm
Excited about Tabule, but why the Riverside snark? There's all of one Irish pub and exactly zero Italian restaurants in the 'hood (unless you're counting Table 17, which is a bit of a stretch), so that's a pretty uninformed statement.
JT / January 1, 2013 at 02:59 pm
when is Burger's Priest opening around King/Spadina!??!?!
EricM / January 2, 2013 at 09:22 am
Dining options at YYZ... hmm. Not really sure how much of a deal it is what goes in what is basically an airport food court. That said, spending $10 at Cactus Jacks for breakfast pretty much provided the worst meal I have ever had and made the plane food look like Michelin stared dining.
Jason Paris / January 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm
Red Rocket already has one Leslieville location at Dundas & Logan by the way!
KA / January 2, 2013 at 01:46 pm
I'm looking forward to The Gravy Train opening! Toronto doesn't have any dip-based restaurants so it'll be something new, which is great.
They're looking for donations on Indiegogo to make the dippable food dream a reality, so go give 'em $5 and get free food in return.
WEB / January 2, 2013 at 11:32 pm
What you say....there are no anticipated restaurant openings in my neighbourhood, the beaches?

Hmmm...I bet that if we had a list showing the most anticipated restaurant closings, 9 out of the 10 would be in the beaches! And damn well deservedly so!
Tuli D / January 2, 2013 at 11:33 pm
What about this? What about that? What about this with the wiffle ball bat.
Christine / January 7, 2013 at 12:05 am
I live right around the corner from Duffy's Tavern.....I've been watching Harrison, the owner, work his magic, over the past few few weeks. It really looks amazing! I hear the grand re-opening is this week!! I've heard (through the grapevine), that the ENTIRE renovation was NOT a 'Restaurant Takeover' creation....rather, one of the proprietor, Harrison himself! Hmmmm....TV....pfffff!!
Peggy / January 8, 2013 at 04:08 pm
Looking forward to Red Rocket Cafe opening.
Nancy / February 5, 2013 at 01:38 pm
Dyan / April 12, 2013 at 10:20 am
Restaurant Makeover isn't what it appears to be. I know of a
business that has been left incomplete and with a POS that barely functions which was recommended by the show. I spoke with the staff and they hate the POS. What's with the Grizzly Adams look in every restaurant. Yuk!!! What a terrible show.
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